Celebrating outstanding achievement in the creative industries

26 May 2015

2015 Creative award winners

This year's coveted NSW Creative Laureate Award went to Saatchi & Saatchi, with Shaun Parker & Company being honoured with the Emerging Creative Talent Award. Both awards were presented by the Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts at a ceremony last night, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

With NSW's creative industries sector employing 148,000 people, representing about 4.7% of the state's workforce, there is no better way to showcase the sector's successes.

Following the success of last year's inaugural NSW Creative Achievement Awards, the aim is to celebrate outstanding achievements in the NSW creative industries.

There are two categories under the Awards program.

Creative Laureate

The prestigious NSW Creative Laureate recognises an individual, team or organisation that has demonstrated significant leadership and made a significant contribution to increasing the global profile of NSW Creative Industries. The Award celebrates the very best of the State's creative talent.

As the winner of the NSW Creative Laureate, Saatchi and Saatchi Australia, is also the 2015 Creative Industries Ambassador for NSW to help further promote NSW as a global creative centre.

The finalists consisted of award-winning, innovative and acclaimed companies, in varying disciplines, from theatre, architecture.

Belvoir, CHROFI, Sydney Film Festive and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Monkeys were well-deserved finalists.

Emerging Creative Talent

The NSW Emerging Creative Talent award recognises an individual, team or organisation considered emerging in their sector and where they have demonstrated leadership in originality and innovation, and contributed to raising the global profile of NSW Creative Industries. This Award offers support for future development with a cash prize of $15,000.

Shaun Parker & Company is a dance company whose work takes place on the stages of major international festivals as well as throughout Australia.

Finalists were represented from all areas of the creative industry, including filmakers, cinema, animators, urban planning and vocalists and included:

Daniel Askill, Entropico, Future Perfect Magazine, Golden Age Cinema & Bar, John O'Callaghan, Matilda Brown, Natalie Dietz, Nick Hunter & Seaton Kay-Smith – Paper Moose, The Explainers Productions Pty Ltd and VizbiPlus

The NSW Government responded to the industries' recommendation within the NSW Creative Industries Action Plan to help raise the global profile of NSW Creative Industries by recognising, promoting and showcasing excellence through seeding the establishment of these awards. Read more about the NSW Creative Industries Action Plan.

More information

2015 NSW Creative Laureate & NSW Emerging Creative Talent Awards